Greg Powers - National Recruiting Analyst- Midlands
Thursday: Mesquite (Texas) Poteet vs. Frisco (Texas) Liberty at FC Dallas Stadium at 7 p.m. CST
Poteet's Malik Jefferson is the No. 1 rated player in the Midlands in the Class of 2015. Jefferson is the heart and soul of the Pirates defense, which should remain much unchanged now that 2012 defensive coordinator Kody Groves has taken over as head coach. Jefferson is one of 20 early Scout.com five star prospects in his class and the No. 3 rated prospect overall. He is already considering offers from major BCS schools like Texas, Texas A&M, Oklahoma, Ohio State and Florida State amongst a host of others. Jefferson is not the only division one recruit that will take to the field for Poteet. Baylor commit Verkedric Vaughns will see action on both sides of the ball. The defensive side will feature four total future college signees with SMU safety commit Nathaniel Gaines and Rice outside linebacker commit Denzel Thomas joining Jefferson and Vaughns.
Friday: Coppell (Texas) vs. Longview (Texas) at FC Dallas Stadium at 7:30 p.m. CST
Coppell is led by four-star defensive end prospect Solomon Thomas. Who is one of the top-rated uncommitted prospects in Texas. He has announced that he is down to a final five schools: Arkansas, Ohio State, Alabama, Stanford and Notre Dame. Thomas is one of the most experienced defenders in the region, a three-year starter. Thomas is not the only division one prospect that will suit up for the Cowboys. Baylor tight end commit Blake Mahon will lead the offense. With fellow seniors linebacker John Herubin and offensive lineman Bill Weber getting looks. Chris Biggurs and Charles West lead a group of juniors to keep an eye on. Longview will be without TCU defensive tackle commit Zaycoven Henderson, who is sidelined with an injury, but they will have a number of other players to monitor. Junior running back Ja'Mycal Hasty is already rated as a Scout300, four-star prospect and senior wide receiver Dorian Leonard has already made a commitment to play for Texas. Junior quarterback Dezmond Chumley will be the beneficiary of those two valuable weapons, as he tries to emerge on to the major recruiting landscape.
Ahmard Vital - Texas Recruiting Analyst
Thursday, August 29: League City (Tex.) Clear Creek vs. Missouri City (Tex.) Ridge Point at 7 p.m. CST
Opening week in the Lone Star State and here is a battle between teams of different classifications. Either way it should turn out to be a good one. For Clear Creek, quarterback Jarrett Hildreth leads the way with his prolific passing abilities (nearly 3,000 yards, 22 TDs in 2012). He has a few Division I offers including Utah and Houston, Speaking on UH, running back Kaliq Kokuma, who has already committed there, will be the primary back for Clear Creek. For Ridge Point, it's all about the continuation to build. In its first varsity season it made the postseason. Now the smaller class school will take on the bigger program in the opening week. Lots will be expected from quarterback Jesse Crebbe and running back Je'marcus Johnson to fuel the offense. Defensively Ridge Point has one of the top junior linebackers in the country in Cameron Townsend while the secondary has Camyron Brown making the plays.
Friday, August 30: Missouri City (Tex.) Hightower vs. Houston (Tex.) Eisenhower at 7 p.m. CST
A top offense against a top defense should always make for an exciting match up, which is exactly what is going on here. For Hightower, four total players have given their commitments to the University of Houston, three of which play on defense. Linebacker Matthew Adams leads this tough bunch and is a player to watch after a successful off season. Joeal Williams and Khalil Williams are proven secondary players as they look to make things tough on a good Eisenhower offense. Defensive end Chibuzor Ugwu will add the pressure up front. On offense, Roosevelt Appleton, also headed to UH, will be the Hightower running back. Eisenhower is led by two players who have proven for years to make plays. At running back Donald Catalon, who is committed to Texas, has been the go-to guy since his freshman season and has set a high mark of 2,000 yards for this season. In front of him is quarterback Trey Roberts, who has looked impressive this offseason. The Oklahoma State commitment is looking to lead his team past the first round of the playoffs. The road to that goal begins now.
Erin Hartigan - Midlands Field Reporter
Thursday: Denton (Texas) Guyer at Cedar Hill (Texas) at 7:30 p.m.
One of the state's marquee Week 0 matchups will come from two teams that reached their respective state title games a season ago. And it's a matchup Texas' Mack Brown and Co. will certainly be keeping an eye on. Why? Well visiting Denton Guyer is led by 2014 Texas commitment Jerrod Heard, and host Cedar Hill is led by 2015 wide receiver DaMarkus Lodge, UT's top receiver target in his class. Lodge, despite having six catches for 59 yards and zero touchdowns as a sophomore, already holds offers from Arizona State, Auburn, Baylor, Iowa, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Texas, Texas A&M, Texas Tech, UCLA and Utah. Marcus Green is Cedar Hill's main guy on defense. He and 2015 DB Darrell Miller will be tasked with keeping tabs on Heard's top targets.
Annabel Stephan, Midlands Field Reporter
Friday: Houston (Tex.) Lamar at Houston (Tex.) Klein Forest at 7:00 p.m. CST
Though Houston (Tex.) Klein Forest has had it's share of talented prospects in the past, this weekend's opening match up favors Houston (Tex.) Lamar, whose 2012 run ended in a loss at the State Championship versus Allen. From what we've seen in 7on7 this summer, Lamar promises to be one of the top area teams this fall. The Redskins enter the season at #17 on the FOX Sports/Scout Top 50, which is no surprise considering the amount of talent on both sides of the ball. The offense, which returns eight starters, is led by SMU quarterback commit Darrell Colbert; wide receiver Shelby Walker and offensive lineman Braylon Hyder have also given their verbal commitments to the Mustangs' program. The Redskins' secondary features of the top tandems in four-star, #9-ranked safety John Bonney and four-star, #23-ranked corner John Plattenburg, who recently rejoined the team after playing for California powerhouse Corona Centennial. Both athletes have offers well into the double-digits. The defensive line also has a Division-I commit in Ira Lewis, who is headed to Baylor. There are also two 2014 prospects with current offers: running back Ronnie Wesley and corner Holton Hill, whose offer list includes Baylor, Houston, SMU, TCU, and Texas Tech.